Commentary

Stunning Septembers

Tulowitzki is doing wonders, but he's not the first to have a great late-season push

Updated: September 19, 2010, 5:07 PM ET
By Joe Pawlikowski | FanGraphs
Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesTulowitzki is having a September for the record books, and Colorado is back in the playoff picture.

Even the most casual baseball fan knows that Troy Tulowitzki is having a September for the ages. Partly because he missed time this summer with a wrist injury, his Rockies entered September at 69-62, seven games back in the NL West and 4½ games back in the wild-card race. That distance might seem surmountable, but the Rockies had played fairly consistently at .500 most of the season. It was easy to write them off.

But as we saw in 2007, the Rockies still have some fight in them. After worsening their position by losing two games to start the month, they have surged and put their names back into the conversation. Entering play Sunday, Colorado is 82-66, just a game back of the San Diego Padres in the NL West and 2½ games back of the Atlanta Braves in the wild-card race. Tulowitzki is the guy making it happen. He has hit 14 home runs in 70 at-bats and, with two on Saturday, doesn't appear to be slowing down. For the month, he's hitting .371 and has a .608 wOBA.

While Tulowitzki tries to carry the Rockies on his back all the way to a playoff spot, let's take a look at some other superlative individual performances in September pennant races.